This week events include a challenging death penalty film screening and Q&A with the director, solidarity with striking electricians, winter warmer film night and a party to raise funds to support arrested climate change activists
Tuesday 8th November
8-10 pm Examining the Death Penalty – Free Screening of ‘A Life in the
Balance: Examining the Troy Davis Case’ followed by Q&A with filmmaker
Jen Marlowe, and Amnesty International
CCA 4, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Amnesty International in Scotland and Document 9 International Human
Rights Documentary Film Festival present a free film event examining
the death penalty at Glasgow’s CCA on Tuesday 8 November 2011,
followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, Jen
Marlowe, and Amnesty International.
The screening includes excerpts from the documentary series, ‘A Life
in the Balance: Examining the Troy Davis Case’, created by Jen Marlowe
in collaboration with Amnesty International USA.
Troy Davis was executed earlier this year having spent 20 years on
death row for being convicted of the killing of policeman Mark Allen
MacPhail. The film highlights serious flaws in the original
investigation, why and how the case against Troy unravelled, the
difficulty of proving innocence in the USA’s legal system’s appeal
process, and why Davis’s case was a strong one for clemency.
The event will also include footage of Reggie Clemons, sentenced to
death in St. Louis as an accomplice in the 1991 murder of two young
women. Amnesty International USA is urging the state of Missouri to
recognize the serious problems with Reggie Clemons’ case and to
commute his death sentence.
An award-winning author, documentary-maker, playwright and human
rights advocate, Jen Marlowe has been writing about Troy Davis’ case
and the Davis family for several years, becoming friends with Troy
Davis during the last three years of his life. They corresponded
primarily via letters and phone and Jen visited him several times on
death row–the most recent time being the day before his execution.
She is currently working on a book with Troy Davis’ sister, Martina.
Jen Marlowe said
“It has been an extraordinary privilege and a blessing to stand by
Troy Davis and the Davis family in their struggle to expose the truth
about Troy’s case. The videos that I worked on with Amnesty
International were intended to highlight all the problems with Troy’s
case, explaining exactly what we meant when we said, ‘too much doubt
to execute.’ Shamefully, Georgia proceeded with the execution. Troy’s
case, however, shines a light on the injustice of the US Death Penalty
system and why this system must be abolished.”
Solidarity Action with Electricians in Edinburgh
Electricians are facing up to 35% cuts in wages as a result of
Construction Companies pulling out of the JIB agreement. They are
holding a national day of protest this Wednesday, support and
More info on dispute
NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST WEDNESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER IN EDINBURGH
10.30am Assemble at Edinburgh City Chambers-High Street, Edinburgh
11.00am Rally within the City Chambers(Speakers to be confirmed)
12.30am Demonstration outside Scottish Parliament
13.00am Delegation to meet with MSP’s in the Scottish Parliament
Thursday 10th November
6-9pm Winter Warmer Film Night – 1
Geoff Shaw Community Education Centre, 25 Kerrylamont Avenue, Toryglen
Come and warm your cockles during the cold dark nights with friendly
faces and inspiring films.
The first film will be ‘Urban Roots – How Detroit went from the
Automobile Industry to Urban Agriculture’. Find out more about the
film here: http://urbanrootsamerica.com/urbanrootsamerica.com/Home.html
We’re putting together 5 film nights over the winter: stories of how
everyday folk like you and me have come together to tackle
environmental issues head on. No gazing at navels here – we want to be
inspired to go out and do amazing things!
Join us for food, film and conversation (please bring snacks etc.. to share).
Friday 11th November
Mega monster mash fundraiser party
At the Kinning Park Complex on Friday 11th November 7pm-12(midnight)
Bands: Grope Town, Clocked Out, Fox Gut Daata and Bong Monster
Come along with your friends and family for dancing, home-brew and of
course it’s 11/11/11!!!!
During the course of the night you can help build a city which will
grow and grow until monster mash time!
There will be some lovely food available as well as two kinds of home-brew beer!
All money raised will go towards paying some of the court fines
received after a blockade of Grangemouth in the summer. Scotland’s
biggest port was shut down all day by Action Against Agrofuels to
shout about plans to build a dirty rainforest-destroying biofuels
power plant there and on 3 other sites in Scotland. Check out
Tickets are on the door by donation. BYOB with corkage.
Please pass this on. Thanks and see you next week!
Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
On Finding Hope on a Dark Night: the Latin American Contribution
John Holloway is Professor of Sociology, Autonomous University of
Puebla; Leverhulme Visiting Professor, School of Geography, University
of Leeds and author of the influential books Crack Capitalism and
Change the World Without Taking Power.
The public lecture will be held on Friday 18 November at 6pm in BOYD
ORR 507 (Lecture Theatre C), University of Glasgow. It will be
followed by a reception.
4.30pm – 6pm ‘The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class’
Glasgow Centre for Population Health Seminar Series 8 starts with Guy
Standing, Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath and
author of the book The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class.
A growing number of people, including millions in Britain, have been
entering a global precariat, part of an emerging class structure
shaped by globalisation. Drawing on his new book entitled The
Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, Professor Standing will examine
the labour market dynamics that underpin the growth of the precariat
and set out the nucleus of a new ‘politics of paradise’ that is
beginning to take shape outside the political mainstream.
Professor Standing is currently Professor of Economic Security at the
University of Bath. He was previously Director of the Socio-Economic
Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). He
has written and edited books on labour economics, labour market
policy, unemployment, labour market flexibility, structural adjustment
policies and social protection policy.
Other recent books include Social Income and Security: A Study in
Gurjarat with Jeemol Unni, Renana Jhabvala and Uma Rani (New Dehli,
Routledge, 2010), Work after Globalisation: Building Occupational
Citizenship (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2009) and Promoting Income
Security as a Right: Europe and North America (London, Anthem Press,
2005). He was also coordinating editor and main author of the ILO’s
Economic Security for a Better World, global report (2004).
Professor Standing is a founder member and co-president of the Basic
Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international non-governmental
organisation that promotes citizenship income for all.
As with all GCPH seminars this event is open to all and free to attend
although registration is essential as places are limited. Please use
the online form to complete your registration.
Glasgow Feminist Network Social
Nothing formal, just some drinks and a bit of chat, and a chance for
everyone to get to know each other. There have been a lot of new
people joining the mailing list and Facebook group recently, so it’d
be great if you – new and old members! – could come along.
We’ll be in the Dargle room at Waxy O’Conners from 7pm. Feel free to
bring any friends who are interested in feminism and/or GFN, and
hopefully there will be a few UK Feminista representatives there too,
as some of them are due to be in Glasgow that weekend anyway.
Look forward to seeing you there!
7-11pm Palestine evening – Into the Valley (fundraiser)
Garnethill Multicultural Centre
28 Rose Street
An evening to celebrate Palestinian culture and to fund-raise for
Jordan Valley Solidarity!
Come along and experience traditional Palestinian food, music, poetry and dance.
This event is a fundraiser for Jordan Valley Solidarity, a grassroots
organisation working in an area of the West Bank which has been
particularly affected by the occupation.
Jordan Valley Solidarity do fantastic work, building homes and
securing access to water in communities which have been isolated from
one another and annexed from the rest of the West Bank by the Israeli
army as a means of forcing the native Bedouin population to leave the
The Israeli Occupation Forces refuse to allow Palestinians to build
schools in their communities, violating Article 23 of the UN
Declaration of Human Rights: the Right to Education. Any educational
facilities which do exist face the threat of demolition at any time,
with little or no notice from the army. Jordan Valley Solidarity have
built schools and nurseries in several villages, creating access to
education for hundreds of children who would otherwise have been
There will be food served from 7pm, cultural events until 9.30pm, and
later on a DJ set from Argonaut Sounds
(http://www.myspace.com/argonautsounds). Somewhere in amongst all that
fun, there will a raffle with awesome prizes!
Tickets £8/£5 students and low waged. BYOB
Public sector strike – there will be picket lines throughout Glasgow,
outside schools, hospitals, offices – this is the big public sector
strike in defence of pensions. No doubt there’ll also be a rally in
Satuday 10th December
Glasgow Anarchist Fair
The Glasgow Anarchist Fair will take place on Saturday 10th December
2011 in the Kinning Park Complex, Cornwall Street, opposite Kinning
Park Underground Station, from 10am to 10pm.
With workshops and stalls to browse during the day, and a social with
films in the evening this will be a stimulating day for everyone
interested in what Anarchism means in 21st Century Glasgow.
Introduction to Anarchism, Anarchist Strategy in the Community and
Workplace, Ben Franks (author of “Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends
of Contemporary British Anarchisms”) on Anarchist Ethics, Libertarian
Scottish author D.D. Johnston will be reading from his new book Peace,
Love and Petrol Bombs, where he contrasts organising with McDonalds
Workers Resistance with the anti-Summit movement.
Anarchist Federation, the Radical Independent Bookfair and the
Solidarity Federation. If your group/campaign wants to have a stall
please let us know.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to use the kids space.